“Happiness is an inside job.” -William Arthur Ward
Being happy is not just about feeling good. It also makes us nicer, healthier, and more productive.
Does happiness actually matter? Is happiness really an important part of a meaningful life?
Happiness is about being able to make the most of the good times but also to cope effectively with the inevitable bad times, in order to experience the best possible life overall.
“Happiness is a deep sense of flourishing, not a mere pleasurable feeling or fleeting emotion but an optimal state of being.”
The meaning of happiness is relative and varies from people to people. For some, happiness is when you experience professional success, reunions with family and friends, eating out, watching good movies or reading books. While for others, happiness can be accomplished by some weekend activities which might help you de-stress and get the satisfaction of mind.
When we feel positive emotions, we tend to feel happy. That is what happiness is all about. Happiness is also regarded as the mental state of a person in an optimistic manner.
The opposite of happiness is sadness which is a state of negativity in the mindset. When we remain sad for an extended period of time, it can lead to depression. To avoid this state of mind we must always remind ourselves of happenings in our lives that made us happy.
Why is Happiness Important?
Happiness is an elated state. Happiness is a core attribute of all human life.
1. Happy people are more successful in multiple life domains, including marriage, friendship, income, work performance, and health.
2. Happy people get sick less often and experience fewer symptoms when they do get sick.
3. Happy people have a better support system.
4. Happy people are more helpful and more likely to volunteer—which also makes you happier!
5. Happy people have an easier time navigating through life since optimism eases pain, sadness, and grief.
6. Happy people have a positive influence on others and encourage them to seek happiness as well, which can act as reinforcement.
7. Happy people engage in deeper and more meaningful conversations.
8. Happy people smile more, which is beneficial to your health.
9. Happy people are healthier all around and more likely to be healthy in the future.
10. Happy people are more productive and more creative, and this effect extends to all those experiencing positive emotions.
How is Happiness Attained?
For happiness to be attained, it’s important to be open and willing to the concept that it can be attained. For us to do this, we need to rid ourselves of the negative energies which occur in our lives on a regular basis and which cause us to feel unhappy.
Remember, it’s a natural state to feel happy. We are all programmed to feel happiness as the norm. It’s what we let get in the way that alters our programming for the worst. Therefore, by ridding ourselves of negative thoughts, rationalizing problems and seeing them as challenges to be overcome, we get rid of feelings such as depression, fear, dissatisfaction, worry, boredom and grief and then, by ridding ourselves of these, all that’s left is happiness, contentment and peace of mind.